Foremost And Ready Kildare and the 1916 Rising
On Easter Monday 1916, 1,600 men, women and children went out to fight for an independent Ireland. They faced the most powerful empire in the world. The battle raged in Dublin for six days and resulted in 485 deaths and the destruction of the many parts of the city. While mainly a Dublin affair many of the Volunteers were from outside the city; two dozen Kildare men and women took part in the Rising, including fifteen men who walked from Maynooth to the GPO. Nine Kildare natives were killed in the Rising, while dozens more were wounded or imprisoned in the aftermath.
The subsequent execution of the leaders of the Rising awakened a generation to the cause of the Irish Freedom and the Kildare men of 1916 – Domhnall ua Buachalla, Tom Harris, Pat Colgan, Michael Smyth and Éamonn Ó Modhráin – would play their part.